HealthSportsDíaz Dominates in Spring Debut with Electric Stuff, Strikes Out Entire Side

Díaz Dominates in Spring Debut with Electric Stuff, Strikes Out Entire Side

March 11th, 2024

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — The excitement was palpable at Clover Park as fans eagerly awaited the entrance of Mets closer Edwin Díaz to the tune of “Narco” by Timmy Trumpet during Monday night’s game against the Marlins, which ended in a 1-0 loss.

After a hiatus following the Mets’ 2022 postseason run, Díaz made a triumphant return to the mound. Coming in to face the Marlins in the fifth inning, he showcased his dominance by striking out Jesús Sánchez, Avisaíl García, and Jon Berti with a combination of sliders and blistering fastballs reaching speeds of 98 miles per hour.

Throwing a total of 14 pitches, Díaz induced eight swings from the opposing batters, seven of which resulted in misses, and all three strikeouts came from his devastating sliders.

A fully healthy Díaz represents a significant asset for the Mets, as evidenced by his stellar performance in the 2022 season where he was crowned the best closer in the National League. That year, he recorded 32 saves with an impressive 1.31 ERA, ultimately earning the prestigious Trevor Hoffman Award for the top reliever in the NL.

Unfortunately, Díaz was sidelined for the entirety of the following season due to a debilitating right patellar tendon tear suffered during the World Baseball Classic in March. His absence was keenly felt in the Mets’ bullpen, which struggled to a 25-36 record with a 4.48 ERA and 34 saves in 52 opportunities.

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